Meet the winners of The Finder’s 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards!
If you haven’t heard, The Finder has been celebrating businesses – and the incredible people behind them – that have overcome the odds of starting up in an unfamiliar land. And most importantly, these businesses have helped people live well in Singapore and are catered towards the global citizens of our generation– just like The Finder!
This year, we marked our fifth annual awards ceremony with an in-person event at Hard Rock Cafe, Singapore; an inch back to normalcy after 2020’s virtual award ceremony. During the event, award winners celebrated with their loved ones, and The Finder’s conviction to helping global citizens live well were renewed.
See who attended the awards event, and relive some memories from the celebration!
Expatpreneur Award Winners
1. Aaron Foeste
Founder of Arthur Zaaro
And the awards event officially begins! Congratulations to Expatpreneur Award Winner Aaron Foeste, Founder of Arthur Zaaro Design! Did you know, all his furniture are made from sustainably sourced from urban hardwood trees plated in Singapore?
Read more about Aaron here.
2. Terry Jacobson
Founder + CEO of AllSense, Oo La Lab, TopMiddleBase and nena
Next, we congratulate Terry Jacobson, Founder + CEO of AllSense, Oo La Lab, TopMiddlebase and nena. Did you know, the scents at ION Orchard and Changi Airport have been curated by none other than Terry? As Terry was unable to attend the ceremony, he was represented by Batya Schulman.
Read more about Terry here.
3. Tiffany Maughan
Founder, Owner, CEO + Designer of Shopping at Tiffany’s
Founder & Owner + CEO + Designer of Shopping at Tiffany’s, Tiffany Maughan, was next to accept her award! Have you visited her luxe clothing shop that rocks a resort vibe perfectly suitable for our tropical climate?
Read more about Tiffany here.
4. Astou Montfort
Founder, Owner + CEO of AS’FALL
On behalf of Astou Montfort, Founder, Owner + CEO of AS’FALL, we were honoured to have her team from AS’FALL collect the award. Have you checked out the ethical and Senegalese-inspired luxe fashion line? As Astou was unable to attend the ceremony, she was represented by Ifa Harmifa.
Read more about Astou here.
5. Preet Singh
Director + Physiotherapist of Embrace Physiotherapy
Next, Director + Physiotherapist of Embrace Physiotherapy, Preet Singh, received her award from Sara. In her thank you speech, she spoke about the importance of bringing awareness to commonly untreated women’s conditions, highlighting her passion and desire to serve the community.
Read more about Preet here.
6. Payal Thakurani
Founder + Culinary Director of Commune Kitchen
Shocked at how expensive cooking classes were in Singapore, Founder + Culinary Director of Commune Kitchen, Payal Thakurani, was determined to make cooking lessons fun and accessible to all. Her success makes her deserving of the Expatpreneur Award!
Read more about Payal here.
7. Vincent Yang
Co-Founder of abComo and anyStarr
Vincent Yang, co-founder of abComo eCommerce and anyStarr, achieved great success together with his cofounder, Yoshi, whom he had the pleasure of hosting at our event. As Vincent was unable to attend the ceremony; he was represented by his co-founder, Yoshi.
Read more about Vincent here.
While not all of our winners were able to attend the ceremony, we were able to celebrate their successes as well. These include Keith Power of Jermyn Street, Clara Diez of Binebica Fashion and Clara Diez Heels, Lynda Williams of Vim & Vigour and The Soothe, Karin Rysgaard of Cocoon Styling and Island Living by Cocoon, and Andrew Walsh of Cure, Butcher Boy, Catfish and Bao Boy.
Special Award Winners
1. Anne Swain & Susan Soulard, Winners of the Innovation (Products + Services Award)
Co-founders of The Whole Kitchen
Moving on to the Special Awards Categories, we were delighted to award Anne Swain (right) and Susan Soulard (left), Co-Founders of The Whole Kitchen, with the Innovation Award for Products & Services! Their inclusive bakery serves healthy, great-tasting, gluten-free foods that continues to reignite people’s love for food. Kudos! Discover more with the video below!
Read more about Anne and Susan here.
2. Carolin Barr, Winner of the Sustainability Award
Founder of SusGain
Upon realising how it was a struggle to incorporate sustainable habits into our busy lifestyles, Carolin Barr, Founder of susGain, developed her ground-breaking application which incentivises users to adopt eco-friendly habits, make donations, and even accumulate enough points to plant trees! Discover more with the video below!
Read more about Carolin here.
3. Louise Hill, Winner of the Small-but-Mighty Award
Founder of Louise Hill Design
Her business might be small, her achievements and personality are far from it! Louise Hill, winner of the Small-But-Mighty Award, owns Louise Hill Design, which she created during her time in Hong Kong. With her team of contributors (but zero full-time staff), she has created beautiful prints and artwork to the delight of her customers!
Read more about Louise here.
4. Nathalie Ribette, Winner of the Expatpreneur of the Year, and the People’s Favourite Award
Founder +Artistic and Executive Director of Sing’theatre
Last but not the least, our heartiest congratulations to Nathalie Ribette, Founder + Artistic and Executive Director of Sing’theatre! Her theatre company, which specialises in musical theatre production and education in Singapore, aims to bring comfort and hope to hospital patients and her audiences, whether virtual or live.
The audience could definitely feel the energy and the passion from Expatpreneur of the Year Nathalie Ribette! It’s no wonder she was also chosen as the winner of the People’s Favourite Award from more than a thousand votes from the public!
Read more about Nathalie here.
The awards event also would not have been possible without the amazing team from Hard Rock Cafe, Singapore! We thank them for enabling the success of the in-person event, and for their additional measures taken to keep all guests and crew safe.
And… it’s a wrap! Once again, The Finder would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to all the 2021 Expatpreneur Award winners. They have all displayed resilience and tenacity, and have made the world a better place for everyone.
See you again next year as we celebrate even more passionate and committed business owners and community trailblazers!
Originally by Derrick Tan, July 2021
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